The Spa Novices’ Hurdle, also known as the Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle, is a Grade 1 National Hunt hurdle race in Great Britain which is open to horses aged four years or older.

It is run on the New Course at Cheltenham over a distance of 3 miles, and during its running there are twelve hurdles to be jumped. The race is for novice hurdlers, and it is scheduled to take place each year on the final day (Friday) of the Cheltenham Festival in March, and is seen as the pinnacle event of the season for leading long-distance novice hurdlers.

The race has also proven a good pointer over time towards future RSA Chase winners, and this is an angle worth looking at when competitors from this race go novice chasing the following season.


The Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle was one of several new races introduced at the Festival when a fourth day was added to the meeting in 2005.

For its first three running’s the event was sponsored by Brit Insurance, and it was classed at Grade 2 level. The vegetable growing company Albert Bartlett began supporting the race in 2008, and since then it has held Grade 1 status.

Race Previews:

Very Wood wins 2014 Albert Bartlett Novices' Hurdle
Very Wood cuts down Deputy Dan on the run-in to power to success in 2014.

 Previous Winners:

2014Very Wood5N Meade33-1
2013At Fishers Cross6Miss R Curtis11-8F
2012Brindisi Breeze6L Russell7-1
2011Bobs Worth6N J Henderson15-8F
2010Berties Dream7P J Gilligan33-1
2009Weapons Amnesty6C Byrnes8-1
2008Nenuphar Collonges7A King9-1
2007Wichita Lineman6J O’Neill11-8F
2006Black Jack Ketchum7J O’NeillEvsF
2005Moulin Riche5J Howard Johnson9-1